Guadeloupe to Antigua Race

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Every year Antigua Sailing Week features a Guadeloupe to Antigua Race on the Friday before the week’s racing begins. The event is organised in conjunction with Antigua Yacht Club and serves as a feeder race for boats coming from the islands to the south of Antigua. However, many boats already in Antigua preparing for the week-long regatta often take this opportunity to head south to Guadeloupe specifically to participate in this annual race.

The 42-nautical mile race is open to boats of all types, whether or not entered in Antigua Sailing Week. For those who are entered, it provides an opportunity for crews to get to know each other better both on and off the water, as well as providing several hours of crew practice to improve teamwork in preparation for the week ahead. For boats not entered in Antigua Sailing Week, the Guadeloupe to Antigua race is a fun event that, in addition to the exciting day of racing, provides an opportunity to enjoy the warm hospitality of the Triskell Association, Guadeloupe’s Department of Tourism and Hemingway Restaurant, the event’s hosts in Guadeloupe. In fact, it is an ideal race for Caribbean cruisers who want to have some fun but don’t want to race around the cans. There are no marks in the race – simply a start line and a finish line. So boats of all types are welcome and encouraged to participate. If you’re planning to head north from Guadeloupe, why not join the fun?

The 2015 Guadeloupe to Antigua Race will take place on Friday, April 24, 2015 from Deshaies, Guadeloupe to English Harbour, Antigua. The start is planned for 9 am at a line to be set north of Deshaies and the finish will be off Fort Charlotte outside English Harbour.   A Welcome/Farewell reception will be held on Thursday, April 23 from 6 to 8 pm at Hemingway Restaurant located on the south side of Deshaies Harbour. Registration and a skippers’ briefing will take place during that reception.  Be sure to attend registration to obtain your sailing instructions and pay your entry fee if you haven’t already paid in advance.  Water taxis will be provided for those without dinghies for purposes of getting ashore to clear and for getting to and from Hemingway Restaurant.

In Guadeloupe clearance can be done at The Pelican cyber café on the main road in the Village of Deshaies, open from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, April 23, 2015.  For clearance into and out of Antigua, use of the eSeaClear online advance clearance system is mandatory and can be accessed here:  https://www.eseaclear.com/home/index.cfm.

The race boasts an elapsed time record that has stood for several years now. In 2004, Bob Miller’s 140-foot Briand schooner, Mari-Cha IV, set an amazing record of 2 hours, 18 minutes and 42 seconds! After standing for 10 years, it’s time that record was broken and we invite you to take on the challenge!

The Notice of Race for the 2015 Guadeloupe to Antigua Race will be available soon.

To enter go to www.sailingweek.com.

For more information about the Guadeloupe to Antigua Race contact the Regatta Organising Committee at roc@sailingweek.com.